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Friday, 20 December 2013

Reps Walk Out Okonjo Iweala And Give Her Homework On The State Of The Economy.

The House of Representatives finance committee walked out the minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Thursday, after a brief but stormy session in which lawmakers tasked the minister with 50 questions on the state of the Nigerian economy. Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala had earlier presented the budget proposals for 2014 to the Senate and the House of Representatives, before meeting the house finance committee. The minister said she was indisposed and only responded to her invitation out of respect for the legislature.

But when lawmakers offered to excuse her due to her health, but with a condition she responds to 50 questions in writing within two weeks, the minister backtracked choosing instead to answer the questions at the meeting. Exchanges between the minister and the committee chairman, Abdulmumini Jibrin, quickly escalated with Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala accusing the committee of being disrespectful.
“With all due respect, I will not tell your committee that I’m feeling fine when I’m not. We have had good working relationship with your committee; I thought we’ll be treated with courtesy, but the way you’re starting is a bit disturbing,” the minister said. Mr. Jibrin said the committee had ruled that she be allowed to go and respond to the questions. “We don’t want any haphazard answers,” he said.
The minister insisted on being heard, but was asked to leave. “I’m sorry Honourable Minister. You can only decide what happens in the Finance Ministry and not in the House,” Mr. Jibrin said.
Read the 50 questions ==Premium News

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